With the cheaper markets throughout the week combined with the very hot conditions numbers were back by 425 for a yarding of 3075.
Most of the regular processor and feeder buyers were in attendance and operating with the feeders showing more urgency to secure numbers than the previous sale. The export processors however were the opposite as they slowdown in the lead up to the Christmas break.
A week of hot windy weather following the previous week’s good rains certainly dried things out which doubled the size of the yarding with a total of 4770.
Despite the good rains and the smaller than expected yarding though most sections struggled to hold their levels compared to the previous sales strong market.
Despite the absence of one major northern feeder operator competition for both feeder steers and heifers continues to remain very strong with most grades of the feeders selling at dearer rates in the smaller yardings at most major centres.
As seasonal conditions continue to worsen in most districts the young cattle to the restockers are losing ground though there is still very solid competition on the good quality feeder cattle coming through
Following the excellent rains over the past 24 hours numbers were down by almost 2700 for a yarding of 1455. With the much smaller yarding a number of sections struggled to find consistency in price with prime cows falling by 5c/kg.
Another week of very warm dry conditions lifted numbers by almost 1700. The young cattle to the restockers were the biggest losers in the larger yarding falling by 30c to 50c/kg.
Most sections of the market enjoyed gains in a good quality yarding with a number of the cattle showing the benefits of the original falls of rain.
Rain has created some healthy growth in the paddocks which has lifted the spirits of restockers with some large lines of cows in this sale selling up to 50c/kg dearer.